Westport’s oldest settlers fiddled and danced at Little’s Hall

If you look closely at the leaded glass on the old Broadway Hardware building on Westport Road, you can make out the name “Little’s Hall.” The location was a popular spot in the early 1900s, hosting political events, dances and club meetings. ...

Valentine Road history: mansions, churches – and a plus-sized dress shop

As Midtown was developing, there was tension along Valentine Road east of Summit between developers and those who wanted the area to remain single-family. Valentine Road between Broadway and Southwest Trafficway has been home to Kansas City ...

This Volker block was home to hard-working laborers

  A couple sits on a front porch at 4012 Holly Street in 1940. The neighborhood had been home to railroad and stockyard workers as well as others during the previous three decades. Laborers, most of them immigrants or the children of immigrants, ...

From the archives: Armour Boulevard history

Drugstore at the corner of Armour and Troost The same block today The businesses that once lined the southeast corner of Armour and Troost are mostly gone now, with the remaining ones boarded up. But in earlier days, the block from Armour south ...

Families moved in and out of this Midtown block

On this block of Valentine Road west of Southwest Trafficway, most families came and went quickly over the years. One family, the O’Mearas of 1209 Valentine, stayed for decades. Census records show Richard O’Meara headed up the household ...

Valentine block was home of school board president

In the 1930s in Valentine, most households were made up of single families headed by a working father, but it was not uncommon for homes to be owned by widows or for families to rent out rooms to one or several boarders. Midtown households in ...

South Hyde Park block once had a grocery store

In 1913, the five neighbors along this stretch of Kenwood from 41st street south made a big splash in the early summer. Mrs. C.M. Reiter began by planting pink Dorothy Perkins roses. The next year, her four neighbors did the same. By the second ...

Small bungalows, apartments made up South Hyde Park block

Confederate Civil War captain Richard McCarty lived in this South Hyde Park home at 4300 Holmes  in 1919. The home, seen here in a 1940 photo, was owned in the 1920s by Erwin Le Roy Cottingham, a Marine who helped guard President Wilson on ...

Walnuts apartments replaced famous mansion of the same name

The Walnuts, three high-end residential hotel buildings, attracted the cream of Kansas City society in the 1930s. Before the three tall apartments were built, a large stone mansion, also known as the Walnuts, sat on the site. Before the Walnuts, ...

Early advocate for the blind lived on this block near Rockhurst

  The home of Catherine Hale, known for her work to help the blind in Kansas City, stood at the northeast corner of Forest and Rockhurst. A recent Google maps view of the block. A few of the homes the block between 51st and Rockhurst ...